Kolumni: Being prepared is key

For this article I am going to talk about my own changing situation at work and in life. A great opportunity has come up at work: I have been asked to take charge of SJK Akatemia team. This is a real change in my role at the club as I will now be working with players born ’03 and up, instead of younger players I was coaching before. The difference in the way I will have to work is massive and the responsibilities are miles apart. OR There is a great difference in my role and responsibilities now.

Many years ago, a very talented coach and manager called Nigel Atkins (Southampton and Hull City) taught me that sometimes you have to improvise, adapt and overcome situations. This has stuck with me through the years and I have found myself never getting fazed by things and problems.

In the modern high pace and ever-changing world, it is important that you are prepared and ready to move quickly when needed. People say being in the right place at the right time is important, but I am a big believer that being prepared for the right place at the right time is key. If an opportunity comes and you are not ready, then it may pass you by.

Over the last year I have been working hard to educate myself in preparation for my next opportunity. Every day is an opportunity to develop and become better at something. The small details in our every day life can make the difference between success and failure. Doing those things right costs nothing, just your desire and attitude to be the best you can be.

I have also been changing the way I look at things and making sure I surround myself with people that give me energy. There have been many situations in my life where I have failed. When I look back at these situations, the people around me were not giving me energy, in fact they were taking my energy. I am lucky because at the moment I have great work colleagues that have energy and enthusiasm in what they do. Also, I have a great partner at home that supports me and I can feel free to express myself and be who I am.

What I really want to say is be yourself and don’t be afraid to fail. Making mistakes is part of life and I have learnt that it is not the mistake that defines you, it is how you react and what you do next that will make the difference. Be positive and follow your heart.

Brian Page

Head of SJK Akatemia